How to start a narrative essay introduction

How to Write a Narrative Essay

Narrative essays are commonly assigned pieces of writing at different stages through school. Like any story, they have a plot, conflict, and characters. Typically, assignments involve telling a story from your own life that connects with class themes. It can be a fun type of assignment to write, if you approach it properly. Learn how to choose a good topic, get a solid rough draft on paper, and revise your narrative essay.

Steps Edit

Part One of Three:
Choosing a Good Topic Edit

Part Two of Three:
Writing a Draft Edit

Part Three of Three:
Revising Your Essay Edit

Sample Essay Edit

Community Q&A

  • You could start a narrative with adjectives describing the setting. For example, «It was a cold, rainy night.» Also, if it’s a first person story, you could start with something the character is thinking, like, «Not today. This can’t be happening.»
  • Yes, of course you can write in the third person, just try to stay consistent.
  • In the introduction, you may want to put the reader right into the story, so consider jumping right into the story. The introduction should help the reader understand what the essay will be about, but keep it short.
  • In a narrative essay, the conclusion sums up what has already been written, and should neatly wrap up the topic. Don’t repeat yourself word for word, but paraphrase the main idea. The first sentence should be similar to the topic sentence, and you should work your way to an interesting thought in the last sentence which will leave the reader with something to think about.
  • Include the date in the opening sentence. You may say «It was November 27, 1984. «
  • Not exactly. A narrative essay is focused on telling a story and can include dialogue; a descriptive essay is more focused on describing something in detail. Sometimes a descriptive essay can also be a narrative essay, if what you’re describing is an event. And a narrative essay can certainly contain some description. But generally, they are distinct types of essays.
  • It really depends on the given task. Not all essays really have a moral. A tale about a trip to Canada or a continuation of a story wouldn’t have a moral.
  • Yes. Revising will help you fix any mistakes you’ve made, and everyone makes mistakes. You might even want to have someone else read over your essay to make sure everything makes sense.
  • You can describe what you do that «shows» what you are. For example, if you are a squirrel, you can say you scrambled up a tree to escape from a dog.
  • If you are writing an narrative essay for a school assignment, read the prompt carefully. Think of a personal experience you can share that relates to the prompt. If you are not writing for school, think of a moment that was especially memorable or meaningful to you and write about that.

Quick Summary

To write a narrative essay, start by choosing an interesting personal story from your life to write about. Try to connect your story to a broader theme or topic so your essay has more substance. Then, write out your story in the past tense using the first person point of view. As you write your story, use vivid details to describe the setting and characters so readers are able to visualize what you’re writing. Once you’ve written your essay, read it several times and make sure you’ve illustrated your theme or topic.

How to Write an Essay Introduction

The introduction of your essay serves two important purposes. First, it gets your reader interested in the topic and encourages them to read what you have to say about it. Second, it gives your reader a roadmap of what you’re going to say and the overarching point you’re going to make – your thesis statement. A powerful introduction grabs your reader’s attention and keeps them reading. [1]

Steps Edit

Part One of Four:
Hooking Your Reader Edit

Part Two of Four:
Creating Your Context Edit

Part Three of Four:
Presenting Your Thesis Edit

Part Four of Four:
Bringing It All Together Edit

Sample Essay Hooks & Introductions Edit

Community Q&A

  • I would first narrow your subject down to one sport so you can be more focused. Note that this will likely be an informative essay. After you do this, an interesting hook statement may be an anecdote describing an intense moment in that chosen sport to get your audience interested. This can be made up or from your own experience with the sport.
  • An effective hook statement to start your essay about this topic may be a statistic about HIV, or perhaps an anecdote about someone facing this diagnosis and trying to make positive lifestyle changes for their health.
  • With something interesting! This is easier said than done of course, but a good intro starts with a quote, fact, or brief story that interests the reader. If it interested you while reading or researching, it’s a great thing to start with. Just keep it short and it will be great.
  • Skip it, write down your main points, and build the body of your essay. Once you know all the areas you want to cover, think about what links them all together, and what the main thing you’re trying to convey is.
  • Start off with a mini thesis which states what the body paragraph is talking about.
  • Start with the basics — what do you think about the topic? What argument can you make about it? Once you have an argument, start jotting down the evidence for the argument. This evidence will make up your paragraphs later on. If it’s easiest, just skip the introduction now and come back once you’re done — you’ll have all the ideas already drawn out.
  • To summarize, you really need to condense what’s there and put everything into your own words — this will include the introduction. It’s fine to use the content of the introduction, but make sure not to copy the writing word-for-word.
  • Start with something like «Heart disease is a serious condition that takes the lives of (number) Americans every year.» Then go on to to talk about the causes of heart disease and the symptoms and warning signs, and treatment options. Maybe something about how we can encourage more people to go to the doctor to get a diagnosis before it becomes more serious.
  • Generally, one starts an essay with an interesting quote, fact, or story to make the reader want to continue reading. Ex. Did you know that every year. Then you can begin to talk about background information and a thesis. A thesis usually lays out a brief summary of the points you want to make and includes your position on the topic. Ex. Dogs are ideal pets because of their loyalty to humans and their great trainability.
  • Talk about the problem first, this way the reader can understand why you are talking about effects and so the reader gets a good background on the subject.

Quick Summary

Start your introduction with a relevant story, fact, or quote that will engage readers. Then, add 2-3 sentences of background information to give your essay context, and include important dates, locations, or historical moments where applicable. Finally, include your thesis statement, which is a specific, arguable, and provable statement that answers a question about your essay topic. For example, your thesis might read: «In the modern age, online dating apps like Tinder provide a wider variety of romantic options than young people have ever had before.»

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